Tuesday, August 31, 2010

beckett

beck
becki
beckster
mini beck
beckaloo
beckalooney
beckalooneyloo
beck-to-my-loo
beckalooga
beckaboo
baby boo
baby loo
loo loo
looga
has many nicknames

and finally sprouted his teeth
the first about a week ago
and the second one yesterday

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he also made a new best friend
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Saturday, August 28, 2010

this mccoy mcblog book club meeting
is officially called to order

let's discuss, shall we?


warning!
SPOILER ALERT!!

for all you slow pokes out there who haven't yet finished the book
(afterall, i "took my time" and read it in four days instead of two)
don't read this post! i don't want to ruin anything for you!
i'll try to be a little discreet in how i say things to not ruin it
but nevertheless stop reading this post and get back to that book!
then come back and put in your two cents

alrighty!
first things first:

so glad she ended up with who she ended up with!
(mama thompson, you were right!)
this was the much more peaceful and natural relationship
if she had ended up with the other boy it would have been forced and maybe a little hostile given how their relationship progresses through the final book? he had different ambitions (political, etc.) than her too and a lot of anger. and of course i hated prim's demise but it had to happen to really solidify that they shouldn't be together, you know what i mean?

speaking of the prim's demise - LAME! the whole reason katniss got involved in the hunger games in the first place was to save prim. and then she loses her in the final minute of the war?? and maybe even by the rebels' bombs? LAME! but i guess we couldn't expect all our favorite characters to make it through the book - so sad about finnick!! loved him! poor annie, how's she supposed to hold herself together now? and with a baby too?

and how about that hijacked scenario? poor guy! i thought it would maybe prevent them from ending up together but it was necessary for the story. can you imagine if it had just been the "she loves me, she loves me not" go around between those three for the whole book? would have driven me crazy! i liked the hijacked business to kind of throw a wrench in there and it helps katniss really figure out her true feelings, no faking for the camera.

katniss as mockingjay - first off, i for sure dig katniss a whole lot more than bella swan! finally a less annoying main character even if she did lack personal insight a bit but i can forgive her for that. i dug her speech to the camera after the hospital fell! maybe got a goose bump or two. i dug her as the mockingjay but think she should have had more front line battle stuff. in fact, when she tells herself near the end (when she's trying to keep her sanity and repeats simple sentences to herself) that she took down the capitol, i don't think she really did. she got in there but then never did anything real major that allowed the rest of the rebels to get in and ultimately win the war. they got in on their own, i wish she were more instrumental in making that happen. does that make sense? i guess her as the mockingjay symbol gave the rebels the courage to fight so i supposed in an indirect way she helped with the final take down of the capitol.
are you with me on that?

haymitch - i hate that he goes back to the bottle at the end, like he didn't learn anything or become a better person by going through all that? i know he drinks because of his years of trauma so i guess it makes sense, but still. and i wish he and katniss had ended up with a closer relationship by the end too since they supposedly so alike, but i guess they have their negative traits in common so maybe that why they never fully bond?

i liked that more minor characters played important roles like cressida getting the through the capitol, pollux getting through the underground tunnels and tigris hiding and disguising them. loved that boggs was on katniss' side despite coin's hatred for her. loved cinna's foresight that played out through this book. i never totally bonded with the rest of her prep team though. i wish paylor had been talked about more through out the book though so that it would have been more significant to the reader that she was elected pres at the end. and what's with a republic that doesn't have katniss attend her own court hearing? i think the author just wanted to the end the book at that point and not get into a court hearing. (?)

the ending - i love how katniss chooses to use her final arrow at the execution, it was unexpected, a good twist. but i don't like that she didn't end up executing snow since that's her entire focus the whole book. she should have grabbed a guard's gun or something and killed snow before they arrested her. i loved that peeta was there to prevent her from taking the pill and that gale wouldn't shoot her. i hated that there was going to be another hunger games (even if it was "for prim") and how katniss and haymitch voted. i liked peeta's response best. i guess that's supposed to be some message about mankind's ultimate greed for power and even the "good guys" can be corrupted by power and all that jazz. and to make us for sure hate coin of course so that katniss' execution makes more sense. i don't like that it's snow that makes her realize it though, but i guess it's his wickedness that allows him to recognize coin's wickedness. and lame that snow gets to stay in his greenhouse. what?

love that they have kids in the end :)

alrighty comments please!
tell me what you think!!



Friday, August 27, 2010

so...sew...

i'm receiving reports that many of you are losing sleep wondering how goes my sewing endeavors.
well, let me put your mind at ease and share my first finished project.

my sewing plans don't include anything too fancy
you know, the standard blanket, pillow, curtains
perhaps an apron or two
the occasional wedding dress
nothing complicated

and you may or may not be aware of this fact but let me enlighten you
my sister happens to be the reigning queen of rag quilts
and as she was my mentor in the ways of sewing
i made a rag quilt, toddler size

-the front-

and atticus modeling the back
which i might like more than the front
(and yes, it might be a titch girly, but i'm a girl so deal)


and beckett modeling the rag quilt's
debut in the still incomplete nursery

so i'm considering my first attempt at sewing a success and have decided to continue this hot pursuit.
i've started on curtains for atticus' room.
the status update: they look a little lame,
so i'll keep working on them.

do you sew?
any tips for me?
suggestions?
sewing 101 tutorials?
projects you think i should try?
let me have it folks!


.thanks.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

check it out!

it rains in vegas!
who knew?


and of course we ran out to play in it!

and pull weeds while we were out
since our awesome neighbors have already turned us into the HOA for having weeds in our yard!
not to mention that they also turned us in for having the "for sale" sign on the side of our house!
sheesh! cut us some slack people, we just barely moved in!

but i digress...
the rain was fun
all fifteen minutes of it

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

today's project:
artwork for the nursery


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so i'm loving the artwork found here
but it's pretty spendy and for sure trendy and let's be honest

1) i don't want to sound cheap,
but sometimes i'm cheap

and

2) right now i'm loving all the birds and owls and trees and such
but i might not be loving it ten minutes from now

so...
this is what i did

i bought back-to-school folders at target for $1.50 each
then i bought $3 frames at wal-mart
i also bought $1 squares of fabric from wal-mart
to line the matting of the frames
then i put it all together
and viola

artwork for ten bucks
and if i don't like it in ten minutes
no big deal!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

turning 32 and stuff
...
so the good news is that after close examination i've concluded that at 32 i look identical to what i looked at 31
(the bad news is that 31 wasn't my cutest year...)

i've decided to let go of my yearly tradition of turning 29 for the fourth year in a row and instead fully embrace my 32 years!
we celebrated from morning til night,
kicking off the day with ice cream crepes
and ending the day with a little Eat, Pray, Love action
(it was long and a little slow but still good)
and thank you yo cori, kenz and brinks who brought me happy, smiley sunflowers
and babysat the boys so the hub and i could go out on a b-day date. it was dreamy!
.
my boys spoiled me all day long. i've decided that at the ripe young age of 32 the time has come for me to learn to sew. i got a sewing machine and all the fixin's for my birthday. my sister and her family were in town and as she's an accomplished seamstress i begged some sewing lessons. my first project is underway and will shortly be making it's debut on the bliggity blog.
.
my favorite thing: all my cute boys, just being cute
my sis and her fam made me delicious breakfast...
and i had the leftovers for lunch...
and probably will do the same thing today
~
THANK you K, J and A for coming to visit and making our weekend so so much fun!
we love you guys, come again soon!

darek's parents also came to visit us last week. they are super champs for helping out so much with the house and getting settled. sadly, our furniture and storage from boston arrived literally the hour their plane took off so janet wasn't here for her favorite part of unpacking and organizing but they were still a HUGE help getting prepped for our stuff to arrive. we painted the office, play room, both boys' rooms and the garage door while they were here. i'll post before and after pictures as soon as my house achieves "after picture worthy" status.
...
Thank you, thank you, thank you to my awesome in-laws for all the
cooking, cleaning, shopping, painting and babysitting you did while you were here.we LOVE you!! it was so great to have you visit!
here's the post painting pic of the office - painted manhattan mist
in other words, light grey
i had a stroke of genius while at michael's searching for artsy fartsy stuff for the house.
i got atticus a whole stock of wooden cars, animals, bird houses, etc. to paint while we painted rooms in the house. this helped to lessen his temptation of reaching into our paint buckets and slathering hand prints onto anything and everything within his reach.

he was quite proud of his artistic creations

that's it for now, thanks for checking in!
.ta.

PS - today's the day
run, don't walk!
(and let me know what you think!)

Friday, August 20, 2010

six months old

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best buddies
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first time in the high chair
not a single cheerio made it to his mouth
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thank you for being such a happy little guy!
we love you little beck
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

my blog neglect
will soon be coming to an end
this, i promise
...
life has been busy
.but.
we've moved into the house
our furniture came yesterday
and we have internet
so i'm pretty much all set
...
i'm having some difficulty locating my USB cord in all this madness
so for now, pics will have to wait
.ta.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

.yesterday.
we bought
a car
a fridge
a washer
a dryer
and a house

.today.
we get the keys!

.tomorrow.

we move in

.it's going to be a good week.